Who? Leslie Krafka came late to the songwriting game; the bug didn't bite her until about four years ago. She spent a year making her first album, The White Cat Sessions, at Jack Saunders' studio. But she found a bit of success with the album, being nominated as a best emerging artist in the annual ... More >>
If Lonesome, Onry and Mean was a betting man, we'd bet our entire bankroll that while Warehouse Live or Fitz are filled to capacity with folks checking out the latest hyped-up, flash-in-the-pan, cover-of-Paste-magazine band that's been in existence, oh, at least a year or two, Austin's worn and weat ... More >>
Keep Calm, Fight Cancer Benefit Walters, September 6-8 Leave it up to Houstonians to stand up and join the cause. Not even 48 hours after Walters announced that longtime owner/den mother Pam Robinson was battling Stage 4 cancer, that single status update had already reached 15,000 people through sh ... More >>
Two decades and 11 albums later, Two Tons of Steel is still out tearing up the Texas blacktop with a hefty touring schedule that currently includes road-testing some new material from their soon-to-be released album, Unraveled. "It's really the best thing Two Tons has ever done and Lloyd Maines pro ... More >>
If you only know Robert Earl Keen from "Merry Christmas From the Family," funny and true-to-life as it is, that's still a shame. The dark, pointed humor that has made that song (originally released on his 1994 LP Gringo Honeymoon) one of the most beloved holiday tunes of the past 20 years is veined ... More >>
For many people, the Christmas spirit fades as soon as the last trash bag bulging with wrapping paper hits the curb. Texas singer-songwriter emeritus Robert Earl Keen is counting on goodwill toward men lasting at least through the end of his "Merry Christmas from the Fam-O-Lee" tour that stops at Ho ... More >>
Friday, Rocks Off told you about our "Texas 30" project, compiling a list of the best 30 albums of the past 30 years. Today we're about to show you the first of three bubbling-under appetizer lists we did just to put a little oil on the gears. Here, starting with No. 60, is where it gets interestin ... More >>
Courtesy LC MediaI was living in Holland in 1977 when my younger brother, who had attended Wayland Baptist University on a track scholarship until booze and girls were discovered in his dorm room, came for a visit. While living in Plainview, his stomping grounds had been the gin joints of Lub ... More >>
The Rolling StonesBobby Keys takes an Exile on Main Street breather, Nellcote, France, 1971Born in Lubbock and raised just east in Slaton, Joe Ely's home town, saxophonist Bobby Keys left Lubbock in 1960 looking for kicks. At 14, he was playing with Bob Dylan influence, Bobby Vee, before movi ... More >>
Jason WolterJoe Ely (left) and David Grissom at iFest 2010Next Friday, Feb. 11, the Joe Ely Band returns to Rockefeller Hall for the first time in more than a decade, since the legendary Washington Avenue showcase club stopped presenting live music to focus on the less risky business of priva ... More >>
West Texan Ned Sublette reflects on pre-Katrina New Orleans in a new memoir.
Reckless Kelly look to an old Idaho mentor on new album Somewhere in Time.
Anodyne: Noun. Anything that relieves distress or pain. (dictionary.com)When Son Volt goes onstage tonight at the Continental Club (we've heard around 11 p.m.), there's an outside chance the band might pull out Doug Sahm's "Give Back the Key to My Heart" - we are in Texas, after all. Otherwise do ... More >>
Trilogy (n.): a set of three works of art that are connected and that can be seen either as a single work or as three individual works.If euthanasia is ever legalized, one method might be to have the doctor read Ed Shane's monthly "Letter From the Publisher" in Best In Texas to the patient. Readi ... More >>
Miss Leslie and Her Juke-Jointers, "Yes Ma'am" Houston's own Miss Leslie Sloan of Miss Leslie and Her Jukejointers was tipped for a slew of honors in the most recent Best of 2008 voting by FAR (Freeform Americana Radio) members. She was voted Female Artist of the Year over Eliza Gilkyson and C ... More >>
Texas Johnny Brown, the author of Bobby Blue Bland’s hit “Two Steps from the Blues” and one of Houston’s last surviving links to the Duke/Peacock Records era, has been selected to perform at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival’s “Texas: A Celebration of Music, Food and Wine” program next ... More >>
Terry Allen performs Friday, December 29, at McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk, 713-528-5999.
Cold Beer & Hot Tamales
Saturday, September 16, at Borski's Tavern, 16245 Highway 75 North, Willis, 936-344-6212
Sexton has gone from child roots rocker to Spin cover boy to Dylanesque bard
If the Lost Boys can't get young Hispanic males to buckle up, nobody can!
A former king of the Texas metal world unites Houston's warring rock tribes and wins a passel of Music Awards
See the surreal side of the Texas Panhandle in Dugout III: Warboy (and the backyard blues)
Circo (Dualtone Records)
Terry Allen's lost post-Vietnam-era soundtrack re-emerges decades later
The South Austin Jug Band's swingy bluegrass is mullet-free music
Runaway Soul (Blue Corn Music)
Libbiville (Ramble Records)
Stardom might be cool for Adam Carroll. But mainly he just wants to be your friend.
The land of gee-tars and fiddles
The Groobees piggyback on the success of a song
Foxy Lady: Terri Hendrix. Also, The Brothers Creggan
Houston's Cory Morrow returns home in his V6 workshop on wheels
The Robison philosophy on fraternal bonds: the less hyped the better
Wayne Hancock is a new-fashioned guy with old-fashioned desires
Joe Ely sends a sad, beautiful Letter to Laredo